Smithline PC - What We Do

OVERVIEW: For each of our areas of focus, we provide forms, checklists and other practical tools customized for each client’s specific needs.  We also provide a series of training programs targeted directly at the issues our clients face in their day-to-day negotiations.

TOOLS:

From forms, checklists and term sheets to deal intake and other process forms, we have an extensive library of resources available for clients.  Example tools include:

  • Deal Checklists and Term Sheets
  • NDA Review Checklist
  • Open Source License Matrix
  • Open Source Use Policies and Briefer Series
  • Contract Process Flow Charts

TRAINING:

In-House Intensives: Our “In-House Intensive” training sessions arm our clients with practical guidance for use in their day-to-day negotiations.  Each session starts with a real-world scenario, such as a request for a certain set of indemnities in a SaaS agreement.  From there we explore the underlying law, provide specific drafting and negotiation tips and close with a group discussion of alternative approaches and solutions.

  • Topics for the one-hour sessions include indemnity, warranty, limitation of liability and division of IP ownership.
  • The training is geared towards in-house legal, finance and deal teams, but all client staff are welcome.
  • Sessions are held in San Francisco or on-site at our client’s offices.

Client-Specific Programs: We also offer training programs to address specific client needs and requests.  Examples of client-specific programs we have provided include:

  • Using Material You Find on the Internet – Copyright Basics
  • Navigating Through Tricky Issues with Procurement
  • NDA Review for Non-Lawyers

“Their knowledge of the law and complex IP negotiations is stunning and their turn-around times are impressively fast.”

– Steve Woolven, President of Applanix (Trimble)

“Pragmatic advisers on the leading edge of licensing, software and technology.”

– Keenan Conder, General Counsel, Tableau Software

“We can count on Smithline PC for insightful feedback, judgment and guidance for any deal. They have become trusted business partners for Adobe’s growing business.”

– Joe Ramirez, VP Licensing & AGC, Adobe Systems

“We have great trust and respect for their work. Their turnaround times and availability are awesome. Most importantly, they really understand our SaaS business.”

– Joe Whitty, VP Finance, Moovweb

What's New

Welcome Reagan Haas!

We are pleased to announce that Reagan Haas has joined the firm as an Associate. Reagan joins us from Ropes & Gray. Reagan has a BA from Oklahoma State University and a JD from UC Berkeley School of Law. For more information about Reagan, please see her bio here.... MORE +

Loretta Lau Certified as EU Privacy Professional

Congratulations to our Associate Loretta Lau on becoming a Certified Information Privacy Professional on European Union data protection (CIPP/E) by the International Association of Privacy Professionals. Loretta’s full bio is here.... MORE +

Todd Smithline Speaking at Copyright Society on PUBG Case

Todd Smithline will be joining the Copyright Society of Northern California’s panel on “Copyright and Video Game Clones: Battle Royale of the Battles Royale” on Wednesday, December 5, 2018 at Kilpatrick and Townsend at Noon. More information here.... MORE +